Was it inspiration or just coincidence that led the band boosters to schedule an ice cream social on the warmest day of the year?
As soon as rehearsal for the band concert scheduled for May 16 ended, the middle school band members filed into the band room anticipating the cool treat.
Students were also treated to the boosters’ plans for expansion of the band and given multiple invitations to continue their music careers by joining the high school band.
Drum major Jess Eberle was one of several students to address the band.
In anticipation of spring weather, Students Against Destructive Decisions staged a safe driving day to stress road safety and provide information designed to assist students in making good decisions.
Groups such as the North Central Highway Network, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Valley Youth House and the Center for Humanistic Change were on hand to meet with students in the library.
The event could not have been scheduled at a better time.
Connor Hart has always had a heart of gold and now he has a crown to go with it. Last Thursday, he won the title Mr. Northwestern 2018 as friends and family cheered him on.
“My parents [were] super excited to see the show and my sister [visited from college] to see it,” said Hart, before the show. “The practices required a lot of time but it was worth it!”
Drew White was selected first runner up and Phil Dangello was chosen as the second runner up.
After being named students of the year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Northwestern Lehigh seniors Madison Hoffman and Benjamin Fry, along with Alya Wezza from Parkland, raised more than $11,000 for the organization.
“There were 26 students and 17 teams and together we managed to raise $239,000,” Fry said. “Each of my team members had the goal of raising $5,000 that will help cancer patients and, their families, and fund research.”
Fry said dedication was essential.
Northwestern Lehigh Middle School auditorium was packed and all eyes were fixed on the time capsule buried 25 years ago.
The artifacts, carefully placed in the time capsule, stirred the collective imagination and represented what the school valued when it first opened its doors in 1992.
The school’s first principal, Dr. James Warfel, that had the capsule placed in the cornerstone of the building, knowing one day it would be exhumed.
When Northwestern students first found out “High School Musical” would be produced in early March, they could barely contain their enthusiasm.
“I was thrilled and even more thrilled to get the role of Sharpay Evans, because she has always been my favorite,” Meghan McGorry said. “I think it’s incredible the amount of people that came out for the show.
“When Bill [Mutimer] first announced the show, we were a little bit nervous about how we were going to get all the guys involved. But it’s amazing to see them all come together.”
Jessica Parker has earned a second place for her recitation of three separate poems at the annual Poetry Out Loud competition Jan. 18. As in the past, the regional contest was held at the Allentown Art Museum.
Dressed in a black dressed patterned with embroidered flowers, Parker seemed to embody the themes of the three poems she memorized for her recitation.
These included Lord Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty,” and two newer works, one by Ellen Bass about a butterfly, and another by Liz Waldner about a moth.
The harvest is in but the work is not over, not for Joe Greff, a Staten Island native, and his wife, Vickie, owners of Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli.
Greff explained that Nouveau wines (bottled the same year as harvested) are “bottled very young with little barrel aging,” resulting in “light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines.”
By all accounts, the Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region and no one knows that more than Greff.
He and his wife started the winery 31 years ago with five acres.
With memories of warmer days dancing in their heads, the high school band boosters celebrated individual members and the overall season on one of the coldest days of the new year.
Members of the band and their families recently attended the banquet at Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli.
After brunch, band director James Lykins acknowledged those who contributed to the band’s success.
He thanked the band boosters,
“It’s our vision to extend this down to the younger grades,” Lykins said.
Carol Fella, assistant band director, also expressed her thanks.
Santa may have left town but the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a perfect time to enjoy family and friends surrounded by the nostalgic and symbolic items that mean so much.
No one knows that better than Gene and Marianne Allen of Kempton, who have been collecting Christmas memorabilia for decades.
“I have a couple of things from my grandmother and a few things from my parents,” he said. “The rest I collected.
“I still have one more box to put up,” he laughed, vowing to get to it even though it was Dec. 23, 2017.